Settlement Reached in Unprecedented Lawsuit Involving Convicted Predator Priest Fr. Joseph Jeyapaul

Lawsuit was first ever nuisance case against an overseas Diocese

Survivor Megan Peterson will speak publicly about the settlement at press conference Monday

WHAT: At a press conference today in St. Paul, live-streamed online from the law office of Jeff Anderson & Associates, sexual abuse survivor Megan Peterson, Barbara Blaine and Peter Isley of SNAP, and Attorney Mike Finnegan will:

•    Announce the settlement of a federal lawsuit involving the Diocese of Ootacamund, India, and Fr. Joseph Jeyapaul; and
•    Discuss how Megan Peterson took immediate action when it was learned that Bishop Amalraj and Pope Francis were considering returning Jeyapaul to ministry in India after his sexual abuse conviction in Minnesota

In 2015, after his extradition from India, Jeyapaul pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct involving the sexual abuse of a minor girl while he worked in the Diocese of Crookston in 2005. On January 16, 2016, with the permission of Pope Francis, Bishop Amalraj lifted the suspension of Father Joseph Jeyapaul. After learning of Jeyapaul’s return to ministry, Megan Peterson filed a federal lawsuit on April 18, 2016 alleging nuisance against the Diocese of Ootacamund for returning Jeyapaul to active ministry and exposing innocent children in India to Jeyapual’s predatory ways.

Monday, October 3, 2016 at 1:00PM CT

Jeff Anderson & Associates
366 Jackson St. Suite 100
St. Paul, MN 55101

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